Northumbrian Water Group retains top ranking for Corporate Responsibility

Posted: Wednesday 21st May 2014

A North East water company has again been recognised as one of the best in the country in Business in the Community’s annual benchmark of responsible business, the Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index).

Northumbrian Water Group was first designated as a Platinum Big Tick company - the highest ranking possible - in 2008, and has retained this status every year since. This means the company has initiated thinking about how the global mega trends, such as population growth and resource scarcity, are affecting the future strategy of the business.

Since 2002, the CR Index has provided unique insight into how businesses are driving the responsible business practice that will help secure a sustainable future. The 2014 CR Index, which is being launched as part of Responsible Business Week, provided a more challenging set of questions than ever before and its findings indicate that real the progress is being made by UK companies to integrate responsible behaviour into their business. This includes a growing understanding that responsible business provides mutual benefit, with two in three CR Index companies evaluating the economic value of corporate responsibility to the business.

Platinum Big Tick companies tend to make long-term investments to improve current or launch new environmentally and socially sound products or services, whose return on investment may not be immediate. Furthermore, these companies generally ensure that their vision and values are lived and embedded throughout the entire workforce and that senior managers and board members’ training is conversant with a sustainable growing economy.

Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water Group, said: “We believe that operating a responsible, sustainable business is fundamental to our long-term success. The fact that we have retained the highest ranking within the CR Index is a testimony to the efforts of everyone at Northumbrian Water Group to drive continuous improvements in environmental performance and community engagement.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “The 2014 CR Index shows us that companies are making real progress to integrate responsibility throughout their operations. We know that companies are now increasingly discussing CR at board level, transforming company culture through embedding CR into training, and unlocking innovative products and services by looking ahead to the long-term challenges and opportunities of responsible business. Crucially, this shift is being driven by a tranche of responsible leaders that understand the new contract now required between business and society to drive change.

“I congratulate Northumbrian Water for retaining the Platinum Big Tick rating because it demonstrates a clear commitment to an integrated approach to being a responsible business. We look forward to working with them to challenge and support them towards creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”

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